July 19, 2010: Crop Progress Update

 Corn silking is well under way

 According to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office corn condition is rated 63 percent good and 21 percent excellent. Corn silked was at 60 percent, ahead of last year’s 49, and 56 percent average. 

Temperature across the state have reached into the 100’s in the Southwest District and highs averaged in the 90’s across the rest of the state. The state varied for rainfall, the Central District averaged an inch and a half of rain while the Panhandle was the driest with less than a quarter inch.  

The following photographs were taken by Nebraska FFA Chapters, each representing the eight districts. They show the crop progress in each area and illustrate the differences in progress across Nebraska. This week the following chapters participated respectively: Holdrege FFA Chapter, Sumner Eddyville Miller FFA Chapter, and Imperial FFA Chapter.

Click photos for larger images – or visit the 2010 Crop Progress photo collection here 

Ag Facts

• There is a corn silk for every kernel of corn on the cob.
• Energy used to grow a bushel of corn decreased by 37% thanks to family farmer’s use of technology.

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